Laurence Firman "Bun" Rafuse
With great sadness we announce the passing of the most loving husband, father, brother, friend and grandfather on September 28, 2020.
Born in Western Shore on December 27, 1939 he was the son of the late Lucy and Roy Rafuse.
He is survived by his loving wife of 6 years, Carolyn, who we will be forever grateful for her kind, loving, caring ways with our dad. All three children had our own unique bonds with our dad, Paula (Christian) Rose, Marlene (Derek) Heath and Richard (Tina) Rafuse. Although his pride was evident throughout the years nothing brought him more joy than his 5 grandchildren, Alex, Danielle, Alyssa, Samantha and Alicia. Family was everything including his brothers and sisters, Donald (Daurine) Rafuse, Ella (Carmon) Myra, Margie Rafuse, and Robert Rafuse and their children, his nieces and nephews, which he always treated like his own children.
He was predeceased by our mom and his wife of almost 50 years, Beverly Mae (Kaizer); brothers, Raymond and Selvin Rafuse and infant sons, Gary and Dennis.
Though he was a painter by trade, he was a handyman by heart. He often showed his love by showing up with a toolbox or paintbrush in hand. He had a way of simply looking things over and calmly decided on how it could be fixed. He instilled this trait in us. He taught us to stop, think and go into fix-it mode. He enjoyed outdoor activities that included hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and boating with family and friends. He dearly loved spending time with his grandchildren, no one had more patience with playing cards, doing puzzles and entertaining them. His grandchildren kept him young and always brought a smile to his face and a spark to his eyes. He instilled his love of family into all of us, never leaving without an “I love you”. Dad was a survivor and it was a good thing as he liked to test his mortality. His survival instinct brought him safely out of the woods after an accidental gunshot, which always made for interesting times going through airport security. He walked away from falling down stairs, off roofs and to skidding off a bridge into icy cold water on his four-wheeler when in his 70’s. We love you so much and we will miss you always. May you be at peace while you keep an eye on the water’s edge, as you have always done.
A private graveside service will be held for immediate family due to Covid-19 conditions.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope for Wildlife or New Hope Community Church, Western Shore.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mahone Funeral Home where online condolences may be sent to the family.
Please be advised that our business office is temporarily operating on limited hours to the general public until further notice. If you require a visit to our office, please call ahead for an appointment by phoning 902-624-8241.
Please inform the Family of your memorial contribution through our website. Your memorial donation payment may then be sent directly to your chosen charity:
Hope for Wildlife
5909 Highway 207
New Hope Community Church
6625 NS Hwy. #3
Western Shore, NS
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